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Lawyer Suspended 20 Days, Accuses Judge of 'Double Standard'

By Isaac Avilucea |

New Haven criminal defense attorney John Williams faces a 20-day suspension for "willfully" violating a judge's order during a criminal trial that ended in his client's conviction.

Thomas McNamara

Latest Sex Abuse Suits Target Jehovah's Witnesses

By Isaac Avilucea |

A string of lawsuits against Jehovah's Witnesses shows sex abuse problems may be nondenominational.

Four Lawyers Nominated for Superior Court Judgeships

By Law Tribune Staff |

A former judge who had to step down for personal reasons, a prosecutor, an assistant public defender and a Pullman & Comley partner have been nominated for Superior Court judgeships by Gov. Dannel Malloy.


Norm Pattis: Defense Bar Seething Over Attorney's Suspension

By Norm Pattis |

Criminal defense lawyers are lone wolves. We represent individual clients, one at a time, in sometime ferocious struggles over their lives and liberty. That requires the ability to go it alone, both in the courtroom, and, more generally, in life.

Michael Goldfarb

Election Law Practices Heat Up As Campaigns Hit Home Stretch

By Jay Stapleton |

With a super-tight race for governor, dozens of legislative and local contests on the ballot and less than a month to go before Election Day, lawyers who advise candidates and political causes say their practices are heating up.

Proposed Rule Change Would Prevent Jailed Lawyers From Practicing

By Jay Stapleton |

Some Connecticut attorneys who have been suspended from the practice of law have continued to practice from behind the scenes - and even from behind bars.

Frank Bartlett Jr

Injured Woman Gets $115,000 After Bridgeport Crash

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who injured her neck, back and leg in a car accident in Bridgeport was recently awarded $115,000 by a Bridgeport jury.

Accident Leaves Plaintiff With 10 Cracked Ribs and $252,000

By Christian Nolan |

A man who suffered 10 cracked ribs and a concussion, and also aggravated preexisting neck and back injuries, was recently awarded nearly $252,500 by a judge trial referee.

Conn. Boarding School Faces Second Sex Abuse Lawsuit

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Connecticut boarding school has been hit with its second lawsuit in a little more than a week accusing a former faculty member of sexually assaulting students in the 1980s.

Conn. Construction Company Appeals $16 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A Connecticut construction company on the hook for a nearly $16 million verdict in Pennsylvania is planning to appeal, according to a company spokeswoman.

Five Promoted at Conn. U.S. Attorney’s Office

By Isaac Avilucea |

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly announced restructuring of the state's U.S. Attorney's office Friday. The promotions of Michael Gustafson and William Nardini are two of several new appointments.

Conn. Collects $388,000 in Settlement with Drug Company

By Christian Nolan |

A Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company accused of improperly marketing drugs, including the popular attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication Adderall, has agreed to pay the federal government and states nationwide a total of $56.5 million.

Conn. Killer's Kosher Request Illustrates National Debate

By Isaac Avilucea |

Here in Connecticut, convicted Cheshire home invasion murderer Steven Hayes recently made headlines when he sued the state for access to kosher food because, he claims, he is now an Orthodox Jew.

In-House Legal Departments of the Year Awards

Retired vice president and counsel Dennis Mayer devoted most of his legal career to making sure that Otis Elevator has had more ups than downs. You can read about his accomplishments – and those of in-house lawyers at Connecticut companies such as United Technologies, Hubbell Corp. and Pitney Bowes – in articles highlighting winners of the Law Tribune’s Legal Departments of the Year awards.

Appellate Court Orders New Resolution To Dog Abuse Case

By Isaac Avilucea |

A high-profile animal abuse case has taken another odd twist.

Major Firm Launches Philanthropy Practice Group

By Jay Stapleton |

A veteran lawyer in the area of estate planning and complex tax issues will head up a new philanthropy practice group at Wiggin and Dana.

Lawsuit Accuses Popeye's Chicken of Cheating Workers Out of Overtime Pay

By Jay Stapleton |

A lawsuit filed against Pure Foods Management, which operates 37 Popeye's restaurants throughout the Northeast, claims workers were systematically deprived of overtime.

TicketNetwork Defamation Lawsuit Headed to Trial

By Associated Press |

An online ticket sales company that settled deceptive business practice allegations by government regulators for $750,000 in July is headed to trial in its defamation lawsuit against a Hartford theater and its president.

Gun Dispute Has State Agencies Squaring Off in Court

By Christian Nolan |

Two state agencies are battling in court over whether a Derby man should be allowed to get his gun permit back.

Brian Moran

Lawyer's Book Says Conn. Should Slash Prison Population

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

It's not every day that red-state Texas is pointed out as a paragon for reform that blue-state Connecticut should emulate.


Gideon: Child Abuse Reporting Rules at Odds with Client Confidentiality

By Gideon |

There is an untenable conflict between the law on mandated reporting of suspected child abuse and the constitutional right to zealous, conflict-free representation of children and adults accused of crimes.

Lawsuit Revives Sex Scandal at Private School

By Associated Press |

A federal lawsuit has reopened a decades-old sex abuse scandal at the exclusive Indian Mountain School in Connecticut.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Supreme Court Shows Reluctance in Exercising Power

By Dan Krisch |

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard argument in two appeals, Heinen v. North Carolina and Holt v. Hobbs, in which the court wrestled with the limits of its own authority.

Probate Court Supervisory Attorney Fired for Financial Improprieties

By Isaac Avilucea |

A supervisory attorney in the state's Office of the Probate Court Administrator is out of a job after a three-judge panel agreed with a recommendation to fire her for alleged financial improprieties.

Corporate Law Veterans Join Forces to Form New Firm

By Jay Stapleton |

Two business lawyers who have worked together at two large law firms over the years decided to combine their expertise and experience by starting their own corporate law practice.

State Spells Out New Rules for Guardian Ad Litem Conduct

By Jay Stapleton |

When the legislature approved a bill that created new standards for guardians ad litem and counsels for minor children earlier this year, the intent was to ease disputes in the family court system.

Opinion: Involuntary Commitment Proposal Has Drawbacks

By Jan VanTassel |

Involuntary outpatient commitment is a complex and controversial issue that has been considered and rejected by the Connecticut General Assembly on at least three occasions since 1996.

The Value of Active Engagement

By Jay Stapleton |

For developing a successful approach that's served as a model for other companies, UTC's legal department is being recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a Legal Department of the Year for 2014 in the category of outside firm management.


Mark Dubois: Soon, Lawyers Will Be Displaced by Computers

By Mark Dubois |

Fairfield attorney Fred Ury, the Eveready Rabbit of the law who many wish would just go away, is at it again, circulating an intriguing paper from the Ontario Law Society about alternative business structures for law firms.

Conn. Bar Group Hears From Judge on Supreme Court Short List

By Isaac Avilucea |

Sri Srinivasan, who many believe could rise to the level of Supreme Court justice, gave the keynote speech at the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Michael Mulpeter, Joel Hartstone, Richard Shea

Firm Spins Off New Entity To Help Entrepreneurs

By Jay Stapleton |

Cohn Birnbaum & Shea has only 13 attorneys. But it's doing something no other law firm in Connecticut has attempted.

State Seeks To Rein In Incarcerated and Suspended Attorneys

By Jay Stapleton |

It may come as a surprise, but a handful of Connecticut attorneys who have been suspended from the practice of law and even incarcerated for financial crimes have continued to advise clients from behind the scenes.

Marc Kurzman

Court Ruling Latest Chapter in Hotel Firms' Decadelong Dispute

By Christian Nolan |

A hotel ownership group was not damaged when a competitor prevented it from opening a high-end Hilton Hotel in Stamford, according to the state Appellate Court.

Ticket Seller, Theater Settle Defamation Case

An online ticket sales company has dropped a defamation lawsuit against a Hartford theater and its president just before the case went to trial, with the two sides agreeing to work together to benefit ticket buyers.

Court To Decide Whether Children Can Make Loss of Consortium Claims

By Christian Nolan |

The family of a man who was killed after being struck by a hotel shuttle van is arguing that the Connecticut Supreme Court should overturn a 16-year-old precedent and allow loss of consortium damages for children as well as for spouses in wrongful death cases.


Norm Pattis: Hospital Visit Offers Scare, But No Dying Declarations

By Norm Pattis |

The other night, I awoke feeling out of sorts. After tossing and turning for a few minutes, I got up to get a glass of water. Feeling worse, I debated waking my wife. Then I checked online for the warning signs of a heart attack.


Mark Dubois: Market Forces Reshape Legal Advertising

By Mark Dubois |

Some time ago I was cleaning out a desk and found a copy of the old (and now illegal) minimum fee schedule.

Oil Dealers Sue Over State's Natural Gas Initiative

By Associated Press |

Connecticut oil dealers are suing over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's drive to expand the use of natural gas, demanding environmental reviews.

An Educational Resource for Teachers

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The ambitious outreach effort has earned the legal services department for the 43,000-member association a Legal Department of the Year Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Jazzed Up About Giving Back

By Christian Nolan |

For its wide-ranging volunteer efforts, United Healthcare has been named winner of the Connecticut Law Tribune Legal Departments of the Year Pro Bono Award.

Editorial: Misplaced Furor Over Guardians Ad Litem

In recent months, some parents have railed out against both guardians ad litem and judges in family courts, alleging abuses by both. Perhaps some of their accusations are true, but many, probably most, are not.

Making Diversity Part of Corporate DNA

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

For being ahead of the curve, and staying there, the Connecticut Law Tribune is honoring Pitney Bowes with a Legal Departments of the Year Award for diversity. Pitney Bowes employs 26 lawyers, with 19 of those located in Connecticut.

Growing Business From Within

By Christian Nolan |

When Hubbell Inc. brought in An-Ping Hsieh as vice president and general counsel of the company two years ago, it did so with the expectation of making significant changes. Now just two years later, Hubbell's legal department has nearly doubled in staff size and has started branching out from its Shelton headquarters by placing two attorneys in South Carolina. When Hsieh took the job, Hubbell had five lawyers. Now it has nine and has trimmed a lot of the work that used to go to outside counsel at the various law firms Hubbell work with. Because of its success managing this growth, Hubbell's legal department is being recognized with a Legal Department of the Year Award for 2014 in the category of management of in-house counsel by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Cultivating an Ivy League Culture

By Isaac Avilucea |

Yale brass turned to university general counsel Dorothy Robinson to successfully quarterback its response to the massive probe. Years later, as Robinson nears retirement from a post she's held for 29 years, she reflected on the investigation and Yale's coordinated response. "It was a serious situation that called for a very serious and capable response," said Robinson, whose legal acumen on behalf of Yale over the past three decades has earned her a Connecticut Law Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.

A Career With More Ups Than Downs

By Jay Stapleton |

Riding an elevator was never something that Dennis Mayer took for granted. Without them, vertical ascent in many tall buildings would be either impossible or painstakingly slow. The development of the world's largest cities depended on the invention of the elevator.